“Ang panahon ay nagbabago, panahon na para magbago”
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON through the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) conducted a lecture cum consultation/ forum on Climate Change to 200 Junior High School students in Los Baños National High School (LBNHS), Los Baños, Laguna last November 17, 2016.
The lecture, which was done in celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month this November, does not only aim to inform the students, but also to enjoin them in the combat against the effects of climate change.
“Mapalad tayo dahil napili tayo ng DENR. Kaya inaasahan yung participation, una makikinig muna kayo, pero mamaya kayo na magtatanong. Mahalaga dito ang inyong reaction, meaning hindi tayo passive listener, active dapat. Sa tanong niyo dun magkakaroon ng monitoring of actions at dun tayo mas maraming malalaman” Mr. William Puna, Head Teacher of the Science Department of LBNHS, said as he encouraged the students to actively participate in the discussion.
He further added, “Mga bata simple lang ang hinihingi sa atin: Kung umiiyak lang ang kalikasan, marami nang nailuha yan dahil dun sa mga inhumane activities na contributory sa Climate Change. Kaya ngayong umaga, inaasahan ang inyong cooperation. Sana sa tulong ng DENR tayo ay maging una na makakaalam at magsasabuhay (nung mga matututunan natin ngayon).”
The encouragement of Mr. Puna was not in vain as the students did actively participate during the whole activity. During the expectation setting, one of the students said: “I expect na mamumulat kami, siyempre sa amin dapat magsimula bilang kaming mga students ang nag-aaral nito at (eventually) pwede namin maconnect yung mga magiging profession namindito.”
Forester Jefferson Cruz of the Enforcement Division tackled the difference of global warming and climate change, discussed the various effects of climate change and the measures that are country has taken to adapt to it. He continued to engage the students during his lecture by giving them pop quizzes in between topics, to which the students happily answered to. A number of hands shooting up in the air can be seen during this part, showing that the students are really interested.
Cruz also mentioned that the people in the DENR are in the frontline on using the environment in climate change mitigation. However, he stressed that the participation of the community is important. “Hindi lang dapat government ang gumagalaw, kasama ang mamamayan. Kung kami lang at walang kooperasyon ng mamamayan, hindi magtatagumpay” he said.
Forester Czarina Maria Gandeza, OIC of RPAO, in her closing remarks also emphasized the role of the community, most especially the youth, in fighting the effects of climate change. “Ang panahon ay nagbabago, panahon na para magbago.Sana makatulong namin kayo sa pangangalaga ng kalikasan.”(With VeranelleMerano)
DENR "Agos ng Buhay" Program to Set Stage in CALABARZON, Nationwide
"Healthy oceans, healthy people," the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) stresses the importance of healthy coastal and marine ecosystems in the lives of the people.
The Philippines, as an archipelago, is surrounded by bodies of water such as seas, bays, lakes, and rivers.
In the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Region can be found a number of water bodies like the South China Sea, Taal Lake and Pansipit River in Batangas; the Philippine Sea, Tayabas Bay, Lamon Bay and Ragay Gulf in Quezon; Laguna de Bay in Laguna and Rizal; and Manila Bay, which drains the watershed areas of the provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal.
Fishing has always been an important source of livelihood for Filipinos, especially for communities in coastal areas. Fish is still the primary source of animal protein in the Philippines with annual per capita consumption at kilograms.
Unfortunately, some small and large-scale fishermen engage in unsustainable fishing practices that result in habitat degradation and fish stock depletion.
BMB records show that nearly 73% of coastal and marine ecosystems are degraded, with cost of inaction estimated at Three Billion Pesos (PhP 3B) annually.
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